December 1: Psalm 25:1-10
Sitting out on my patio, in an old yellow chair well-worn from the weather, I pause to look at the stars and enjoy the crisp West Texas evening. I trusted that old chair would hold me. Mistake. The rotted fabric rips beneath me. I should have known better. People and things are fallible. We may trust in their reliability, truth, ability or strength at times, but the things of the world will always let us down sooner or later. The only one thing that can offer us consistent and true comfort, peace, and security is our Savior.
Psalm 25 shows us David’s desire towards God and dependence on him. He often begins his psalms with such professions, not to move God, but to move himself, and to engage himself to answer those professions. David encouraged himself to lift up his soul – not to vanity – but to God. All that we are, all that we do, say and achieve and hope to be and do, is not of our good works but those of the Father’s. David shows us how to earnestly ask the Lord to teach us His ways. Teach us not to put our hope in material possessions, or people or things of folly, but to look to Him to teach us to walk upright in His path.
We can all remember a time when we put our hope in things or people … wearing the right things, doing the cool things, owning the right things even. But this scripture reminds us to forget our selfish, rebellious ways of our youth, and to learn to be humble, loving, and faithful to keep a covenant with God – an unbreakable agreement to earnestly seek Him and follow Him who bought us by paying the ultimate price.
Father, lead us, teach us, we ask you – show us how to live in a way that honors you and is pleasing and in accordance with your divine will. Forgive us for the times when we stray and follow the temptations of trusting in the things the world has to offer, and teach us to long for furthering your kingdom’s good work. Amen.